One of the recurring trends we noticed at many of the fabulous exhibitions we visited during London Design Festival was the versatile and clever use of concrete within homes.  In the past few years, designers have been busy altering our perceptions about the previously drab, bleak (insert any other dreary adjective of choice) material from inner city estates and 1960's shopping complexes to substance of choice for delicate lighting, contemporary furniture and stylish bathrooms.

To take the bold step of having a concrete kitchen worktop may be a step too far for some just wanting to dip their toe in the concrete mix, so we found some more subtle ways of introducing concrete into your home.  We loved the modern lighting from Bentu Design at 100% Design - they also showed great usage of the material in plant pots, ashtrays and side tables. 

Urban Luxe table Lamp, £99; Concrete Pendant Lights by Decode, Clippings, from £252;

Concrete Diamond Planter, PASiNGA, £24.99; Concrete & Wood Pendant Lights by Bentu Design.

For our second trend, nature lovers can rejoice, botanicals are booming.  We spotted an abundance of botanical illustration in textiles and surface pattern - both realistic to the more retro and abstract in styling.  Also a huge trend are the many innovative planting creations designers are producing - be it a fabulous living wall, down to smaller, quirky planters made from ingeniously reinvented materials, like concrete mentioned above.

Bringing the outside in is what it's all about to add some life to your home, florals and greenery can instantly lift a room.  Botanical fabrics that hint at the Victorian age of discovery marry well with more utilitarian/industrial pieces, such as our Confident Form Pendant light. Try adding a botanical print cushion or a collection of succulents and cacti in artisanal pots and planters (even try some DIY planter projects!) - take a peek at some of our blooming marvellous inspiration below...

Orla Kiely Three Herb Pots with Tray, £44.95; Chair in Hvass&Hannibal fabric for Heals;

Garden Buzz Shower Curtain from Anthropologie, £78; Branching Out Side Table, £245; Trippy Granny Cushion, £35.

Background wallpaper: Palm Jungle Wallpaper by Cole & Sons, available from, £78 per roll.

Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Bedsshabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.